On January 6, it appears the committee will lay out a road map to prosecute Trump

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On January 6, it appears the committee will lay out a road map to prosecute Trump

“Cheney’s remarks actually read very much like a prosecutorial opening argument,” former federal prosecutor Danya Perry told VOA. “It was very methodical, it was very to the point, it was very direct. And it really did lay out a road map.” Perry, a founding partner of the Perry Guha law firm, said that there appeared to be two audiences for the presentation: U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and the American people.

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  • Cheney’s message was straightforward. She stated that the committee’s goal is to show that former President Donald Trump “oversaw and organised a sophisticated seven-part strategy to reverse the presidential election and impede the transfer of presidential power.”

  • She said that success in reaching both audiences would be critical to any federal criminal prosecution, because Garland is widely seen as resistant to anything that might be characterized as a political prosecution. “Unless there’s a groundswell in the American electorate, he may be disinclined to pursue criminal charges,” Perry said.